Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3060: Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Desirable and Exceptional Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

Desirable and Exceptional Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1866
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 665
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 56
Class: Antique
Description:

The legendary Model 1866 was essentially a Henry Rifle with improvements invented and patented by Winchester shop Superintendent Nelson King in 1866. As a direct descendant of the Henry rifle, the Model 1866 traces its lineage back to earlier repeaters like the Volcanic, went on to see heavy use in conflicts related to land, gold and other resources on the frontier in the second half of the 19th century in the hands of settlers, Native Americans, outlaws, lawmen, and hunters; and is credited for ushering in the era of the repeating arm. This Winchester Model 1866 Rifle was manufactured in 1876. It is a third model with the block serial number stamped behind the trigger and a single upper tang screw. The barrel is fitted with a German silver blade front sight and an elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester New Haven/King's patent legend ahead of the rear sight. Factory sling loops are mounted on the underside of the brass forend cap and buttstock. It is fitted with a 24 inch full octagon barrel, a full length magazine tube, and straight grain American walnut straight grip stock and forearm. The buttstock has a trapdoor brass buttplate (cleaning rod not included). Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel and magazine retain 40% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. 50% original niter blue remain on the loading gate. The exceptionally fine brass has a bright attractive appearance. The receiver also has tight fitting side plates. Case colors are mostly dark muted in appearance. The wood is also fine as there is a crack towards the stock toe and some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. No Winchester or Old West collection is complete without a Winchester Model 1866 Rifle!



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